Microbiology and Immunology
Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms such as algae, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses. Some microorganisms cause infections, but most live harmlessly and enhance our environment and our lives. Microbiology is a core discipline for most areas of biotechnology.
Immunology is the study of the immune system. The immune system is involved in the defence of the body against infection and tumours. It also plays a role in some unwanted events, including allergies, autoimmunity and transplant rejection.
Honours in Microbiology and Immunology represents a transition from an undergraduate experience taught in a traditiional lecture format, to being immersed into a laboratory-based cutting edge research environment. This includes designing and executing experiments, and the analysis, interpretation, presentation and communication of data generated by the research actvities. Honours in Microbiology and Immunology provides an opportunity to become directly involved in research that is addressing key questions in the fields of Microbiology and/or Immunology.
The course year starts in February and ends in November and is only available full time.
In addition to satisfying the Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours) entry requirements, students are required to have completed stream specific prerequisites. Details of stream specific prerequisites can be found at the Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours) entry and participation requirements page.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this Honours program, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge about major advances in biomedical research in the discipline of Microbiology and Immunology
- Articulate the methods, findings and context of research and data using a scientific style of writing
- Articulate the methods, findings and context of research and data in oral presentations
- Critically evaluate the findings and context in scientific articles
- Apply experimental design and statistics in a research project
- Work effectively, both independently and collaboratively, to generate research data
- Identify and follow the principles of ethical scientific practice.
Last updated: 22 August 2023